Tire Recycling Ontario (TRO) is a new communication initiative of four Ontario Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs), created to help inform and assist collectors in meeting their obligations as a tire collector in Ontario.
Every step in the handling of used tires is subject to Ontario law and every party in the chain, from tire producers to collectors, haulers and recyclers all have a part to play.
It all rides on you. Tire dealers, vehicle dealers, retailers and wrecking yards, everyone that handles a used tire as part of their business is a “collector” under the regulation. Tire collectors play a crucial role in the tire recycling stream as the point of contact for consumers to drop their tires off. You help ensure tires can be recycled and stay out of landfills – helping to make a cleaner, more sustainable Ontario.
We can work together to keep tires in the recycling stream by working together!
Under the regulation you are considered a collector if you handle used tires for pickup in Ontario.
In exchange for the free pick-up of the used tires you collect, a collector agrees to:
Not doing these things as required under the regulation could result in the withdrawal of free tire collection.
Tire Recycling Ontario is here to help ensure the Collection Network functions efficiently and that collectors can get the efficient and no-charge tire collection they need. We have resources available to support and advise collectors.
We firmly believe in the importance of working with collectors and haulers so we can all succeed and deliver on our regulatory obligations.
Why do I have to meet these requirements under the Tire regulation?
To keep the more than 15 million tires used annually in Ontario out of landfills and being responsibly recycled requires a fully integrated tire recycling system. Collectors are a crucial first step, channeling used tires into a system that recycles them and recovers almost every component of the tire for recycling. The free tire collection supports your business in managing the used tires you generate and allows consumers to ensure their used tires are being responsibly recycled.
Do I have to accept tires on rims if I don’t have the means to store them properly?
Yes, collectors are obliged to accept tires (of appropriate size) on rims. This is required to receive free used tire pick-up under the Tire regulation. If you have limited space available to store your tires, contact you Tire PRO.
What if someone wants to drop off a tire that I don’t sell or I don’t have storage for?
You are only obliged to collect tires similar in weight and size to the ones your sell. If you are in doubt, call a Tire PRO.
My hauler won’t take tires on rims, what do I do?
If a hauler refuses to accept any tires of an appropriate size, with rims or without, you should call a Tire PRO.
Who is involved in Tire Recycling Ontario?
The four Tire PROs involved in TRO are:
For more information or if you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (8330-ONT-TIRE).
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